A Garden Show, a Wild Train Ride and Other Weekend Ideas

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do over the weekend. In a city like New York, there are just too many options. Fortunately, AVENUE’s editors have put their collective heads together and come up with a few suggestions, ranging from a magical garden exhibition to unusual subway rides. What unites them all is that they’re worth your time.


Stay Inside

It’s going to be really cold this weekend—no, seriously, it’s going to be really, really cold. Perfect weather to settle in with a glass of cocoa or tea. Or a round of jägerbombs. We don’t know your life.

All weekend

Fire and Fury

The biggest story this week has been the bombshell revelations from Michael Wolff’s new tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Although some—like AVENUE Editor-in-Chief Michael Gross—have questioned the book and its author, it’s hard to downplay its importance. Fact? Fiction? Something in between? That’s for the public to decide.

Available in bookstores now

No Pants Subway Ride

No, AVENUE does not plan to drop its drawers this weekend for the annual No Pants Subway Ride. But allow us to explain: the subway is an underground method of transport for those sadly born into a world that lacks the luxury of personal drivers. The No Pants Subway Ride is a stunt put on by the comedy troupe Improv Everywhere in which—believe it or not—people ride the subway sans pants. Feel free to stage a No Pants Limo Ride in solidarity.

Multiple locations

January 7th, beginning 3 p.m.


The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Christmas and New Years may have passed, but there’s still plenty of holiday cheer in the air—or at least, enough for another day or two. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, for instance, remains on view until this Sunday at 9 p.m. Go see it and forget that we still have three more months of this…and that you’re in midtown.

Rockefeller Center, between 48th and 51st Streets, New York

Through January 7th at 9 p.m.


New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show

Ever wonder what the Empire State Building would look like if it were made out of twigs or leaves? Or how Penn Station appeared to commuters in the 1920s? Then head to the Bronx for the New York Botanical Gardens annual holiday train show. One hundred and fifty iconic New York buildings are crafted out of all natural materials, set up inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Nearly a half-mile of tracks allow model trains to zip across bridges, under tunnels and around landmarks. Don’t worry—the entire place is heated. But if you need an extra warmer, catch the two remaining Bar Car nights on January 6 and January 13, where a selection of cocktails will be on offer.

New York Botanical Gardens, 2000 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

Through January 15th



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